Help Ginny Hood Beat Cancer

For: Viginia (Ginny) Hood
Las Vegas, NV
Organizer: Frs. John Dresko & Stephen Osburn
Help Ginny Hood Beat Cancer (Viginia (Ginny) Hood)
$3,275
of $25,000 goal.
Raised by 22 donors
13% Complete

The Story

Ginny has been diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma Stage 2. She will have a Cat Scan sometime in August to determine whether it has gone into any organs or bones. Afterward she will see a plastic surgeon. Once her surgeon gets the results of the Cat Scan he and the plastic surgeon will determine the plan of attack. If it is just the top layers of skin it will probably be an outpatient surgery, otherwise she will be in the hospital for 24 hours. At the time of her consultation with the surgeon, the financial advisor said the surgery would be least $10,000.00 dollars up front due to her not having insurance. This is just a ballpark figure. The entire surgery will be at least $100,000 barring no complications. It could be more, but definitely not less. 

Ginny has been a member of St. Paul Orthodox Church for the last 10 years. Since she started attending our parish, she has been involved in all forms of lay ministry from teaching Church School to being the Vice President of the Parish Council to aiding in the Fellowship Commitee. If there is something that needs to be done, Ginny is the first to act. Her philosophy has always been, "when you come to Church you don't just warm a seat in the pew, you get up and you help." Aside from her Church life, she is raising her great-granddaughter, Cara, running a preschool, and participating in the Red Hat Society. Unfortunately due to all of her expenses with taking care of others and her income level, she is unable to afford insurance to pay for the surgery. 

So in this time of need, we ask that you please consider a generous donation so we can help Ginny beat this cancer. Please keep her in your prayers at the very least and thank you for helping. 

Orthodox Prayer for the Sick

O Lord our God, Who by a word alone did heal all diseases, Who did cure the kinswoman of Peter, You Who chastise with pity and heal according to Your goodness; Who are able to put aside every sickness and infirmity, do You Yourself, the same Lord, grant aid to Your servant Ginny (Veronica) and cure her of every sickness of which she is grieved; and send down upon her Your great mercy, and if it be Your will, give to her health and a complete recovery; for You are the Physician of our souls and bodies, and to You do we send up Glory: to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Both now and forever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 5, 2017

Posted on September 5, 2017

Ginny had her second surgery late yesterday afternoon. The doctor was very pleased as the vacuum pump used to help heal the wound enabled the muscle in her back to just cover the wound. This meant she had only two grafts from her thighs instead of an additional two from her shoulder/back. She is walking, but the doctor wants her to remain in the hospital for at least seven days so she can remain attached to this pump, which promotes healing and helps avoid infection. So she will continue to reside at UMC until at least next Monday. All in all, Ginny said she “felt better” after this surgery than the first one.

The question of future treatments (i.e., radiation), is still up in the air.

Please continue to pray for Ginny and her family. So far it seems that God has been very good at watching over her!

---Father John


Posted on August 29, 2017

Posted on August 29, 2017

Matushka Liz and I just returned from seeing Ginny at UMC. She underwent successful surgery today for the removal of the squamous cell cancer. The surgery was more extensive than they anticipated, but she said the surgeon was very happy with everything. There is a chance she will be coming home tomorrow if she passes a couple of tests, particularly breathing. Following some time to receive pathology reports that confirms everything cancerous was removed, she will have a second surgery to graft skin over the wound permanently.

She thanks everyone for their prayers and asks that we continue to remember her in her recovery.

Further updates will come as needed.

- Father John

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